The name Becky ranked 287th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
The dispute over the meaning of this ancient name revolves around competing images associated with the management of livestock: ''manger,'' ''noose'' and ''cord.''
In the Jewish scriptures, Rebecca is a character known for her beauty and cunning. Abraham, the Patriarch of the Jews, obtains her hand for his son Isaac. She is embroiled in the conflict between her twin boys Esau and Jacob, and encourages Jacob (her favorite) to deceive his father and steal his brother's birthright.
Rebecca and its nickname Becky have been a steady presence in literature for a number of centuries. For example, the tortured title character of the Daphne Du Maurier novel Rebecca (turned into a film by Alfred Hitchock in 1940) created darkly romantic associations for the name.
Stage and Screen
Portrayed by Alicia ''''Lecy'''' Goranson from 1988-1993 and 1995-1996, and Sarah Chalke from 1993-1995 and 1996-1997 (see list of Characters on ''Roseanne'')